Last month, the Onion AV Clubyall know to read the Onion AV Club, right?devoted an installment of its New Cult Canon column to one of the liveliest features of the Aughts: 2004s Head-On, a blistering tragicomedy from Turkish-German director Fatih Akin starring Sibel Kekilli, an actress whose screen presence qualifies her as a human acetylene torch. This is the Nashville premiere of an earlier Akin film, his seconda 2000 screwball comedy that sends Hamburg physics teacher Moritz Bleibtreu on a cross-continental road trip of romantic pursuit with street vendor Christiane Paul. If its even half as sexy and electric as Head-On, it might be the most entertaining film the International Lens series shows all semester. Zeynep Somer-Topcu, Vanderbilt assistant professor of political science and European studies, and John McCarthy, Vanderbilt professor of German and comparative literature, will introduce the free screening, projected from DVD. In German, English, Turkish, Bulgarian and Serbo-Croatian with subtitles.
Wed., Nov. 11, 7 p.m., 2009